Butternut squash

D’Amato’s Italian

Located on Sherman Dr. in Downtown Royal Oak, MI is D’Amato’s Italian restaurant. D’Amato’s is dishing out authentic Italian classics including pasta, pizza, entrees, and charcuterie (meat board). D’Amato’s also offers daily specials including dinner and drink specials. They offer a full bar including craft cocktails and an extensive wine list. Josh and I came here to celebrate my new position. See how they ranked.

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Atmosphere: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 4 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 4 out of 5 bites (menu and drinks)

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The bread was really tasty: Fresh, buttery, and warm. The balsamic dipping oil was good, but the first time I think we added a little too much balsamic because it was strong. Next time, I won’t let Josh do the pouring (wink, wink).

Moscow Mule (Blueberry): House Blueberry Infused Vodka, Ginger Beer and Fresh Lemon Juice. The blueberry added a nice brightness to this classic cocktail. It was refreshing and light, but I was definitely feeling buzzed off just one! Ha.

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Minestrone Soup: Traditional Italian vegetable soup with pasta and beans. Nice hearty soup with a rich broth. Minestrone is Josh’s favorite and he always orders it when we get Italian. This was one of the better minestrone’s I’ve had.

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Italian Chili: This was the soup of the day. It was rich, hearty, with a little spice. If I remember correctly, it had pieces of short rib in it which made it extra decadent. The onion straws and sour cream on top added a little extra.

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Beef Short Rib & Butternut Squash Pasta: Tender, beef short rib meat, piled on top of fettucine in a butternut squash sauce. This was the special recommended by our service so I went with it. It was amazing! The butternut squash was sweet and creamy. The beef was so tender that it melted in my mouth. If given the opportunity, order this dish!

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Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells: Spinach stuffed shells covered with a rich Alfredo sauce. The sauce was creamy and delicious. The stuffed shells were good, but the spinach to cheese ratio was off. I would have liked more cheese and a little less spinach.

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The service was good and I really liked the feel of the dining room. There was enough natural light to brighten things up, but at night, D’Amato’s has a sort of sexy ambience. The upscale Italian restaurant shares the space with it’s neighbor, Goodnight Gracie Martini bar. At night, this bar doubles as a club, with live entertainment, dancing, DJ’s, and even Jazz music. D’Amato’s has what seems like a never ending Whiskey menu. They are offering bourbon, scotch, Irish whiskey, Rye, you name it! I thought this was really impressive for an Italian restaurant. The food was pretty good and the prices are pretty reasonable. You can’t beat $5 Cosmo’s and half off pizza/pasta for the ladies on Friday nights. D’Amato’s also offers brunch including bottomless Mimosa’s and a Bloody Mary bar. If you haven’t tried D’Amato’s, stop in and try out the Prime Rib!

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Dime Store

Today on the Bite Tonight: Dime Store

A hot, new lunch spot opened in the Chrysler House on Griswold in Downtown Detroit about 6 weeks ago. Dime Store, serving up decadent and mouth watering food, is what I call “casual gourmet.” They offer breakfast and lunch menus consisting of some serious unique and fresh dishes. From the pork belly eggs Benedict to the cauliflower gruyere soup and duck Reuben sandwich, they have something that is sure to spark up anyone’s taste buds. See how they ranked.

Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites

Price: 2 out of 5 bites

Quality/Taste: 4 out of 5 bites

Service: 3.5 out of 5 bites

Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5 bites

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Butternut Squash soup: Sweet, but not overwhelming. Fresh, silky, and smooth.

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Korean BBQ Sandwich: Shaved steak, pickled onion, cilantro, carrot, cucumber, and bulgogi sauce (Korean barbeque) on a ciabatta roll. My only complaint is that there wasn’t enough of the steak! The sauce was sweet and paired well with the veggies. The ciabatta was soft and fresh and the steak was tender and juicy, but I could’ve used a little more in my ciabatta.

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If you haven’t been to Dime Store yet, stop in now! It is a little pricey (my sandwich and soup totaled $15), but I didn’t feel bad about spending so much because the flavors were spot on. You can really taste the made from scratch love that goes into each item. They also serve booze and I liked that one of the owners, Jeff Alexander, was the one running my food to the carryout counter. If you’re looking for a change from Jimmy John’s or the food truck scene, start eating at Dime Store and support the locals.

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